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    What is the best BONNIE AND CLYDE cash-in?

    Best or your favorite. There were a ton of Depression-era gangster pics in the late 60s and early 70s, no doubt the result of the success of 1967's BONNIE AND CLYDE. Which are the best and why?

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    I love Mark L. Lester's BOBBIE JO AND THE OUTLAW; it's pure trash heaven.

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    I haven't seen a lot of these, but am curious. I like BIG BAD MAMA, but I like BIG BAD MAMA 2 better. Sacrilege, I'm sure. Looking forward to the Blu-ray of THE GRISSOM GANG. That will be a blind buy. Never seen any of the "good ones," like BOXCAR BERTHA or BLOODY MAMA.

    I remember seeing the trailer (as a kid) for LITTLE LAURA AND BIG JOHN, and being mildly freaked out that Fabian got his eye shot out. Still haven't seen that one either.

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    Boxcar Bertha is great - well worth checking out.

    Would Dirty Mary Crazy Larry count? It's not depression era but it has some of the same themes.
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    I wouldn't call either BOXCAR BERTHA or BLOODY MAMA really "good" ones. Both have their moments, though. BOXCAR has some really flashy cinematography and the final 20 minutes or so are excellent; MAMA has a good performance from Shelley Winters, but it's pretty slow.

    I can't think of many Depression-era cash-ins, but another one from the '70s I love is THE GREAT TEXAS DYNAMITE CHASE. Really fun movie starring Claudia Jennings and Jocelyn Jones as bank robbers who use dynamite.

    Would John Milius' DILLINGER count as a B & C cash-in? Regardless, that's an awesome movie too.

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    Also, Robert Altman's THIEVES LIKE US is worth seeing. The first hour is better than the second, mainly because I love Bert Remsen's performance and he pretty much disappears around the hour mark.

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    Really appreciating the feedback.

    I picked up the OOP DVD of LITTLE LAURA AND BIG JOHN. I was expecting the worst, and I got it. The movie is shitty, but I had a pretty strong suspicion of that going in. Plays like a crumby low-budget regional film--maybe it was one?--that somehow managed to nab Karen Black. Was spot-checking the disc and was mildly surprised to hear wah and phase on some of the music. Well, it was the early 70s; who cares if it's a period piece, right? Then I realized that the entire soundtrack (dialogue, sound effects, etc.) is phased. Great mastering.

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    The one I've always wanted to see is Teenage Bonnie and Klepto Clyde, because... That title!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrumpsBrother View Post
    The one I've always wanted to see is Teenage Bonnie and Klepto Clyde, because... That title!
    That's high on my radar. I have a bootleg but I'm hoping a decent release.

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